The Tudor Dovecote and Stables are open for visits by individuals or groups all year round by prior arrangement. ‘Phone Philip O’Donoghue 01480 301494, or Judy Endersby 01234 838278, or email or In addition to being open on the last Sunday afternoon in the summer months, it is also used for other events, see below

We look forward to welcoming the public to our open afternoons on the last Sunday of the month April to September, with an interesting programme of displays arranged by Willington Local History Group and the Bedford National Trust Association. Casual visitors will as usual be looked after by local volunteers. There are other attractions this year, including once again an event as part of Heritage Open Days in September.

On-going maintenance by Willington volunteers includes keeping the Dovecote car park tidy, regular sweeping out the Dovecote and Stables, and grass cutting round the properties undertaken with the kindly and much valued assistance of Richard Godber of Frosts of Willington Garden Centre, James Wilkinson of C.R. Wilkinson & Son, Church End Nurseriesand Daniel Silson.


Sunday afternoon, July 30th, 1 to 5 pm,Henry VIII’s Tudor Master Builders

with Tudor-style costumes & music

Tuesday evening, August 1st, from 6 pm to sunset,

Classics at The Old Dovecote, informal gathering of cars & motorcycles

with displays and light refreshments

Sunday afternoon, August 27th, 1 to 5 pm, Archaeology Results 2017

with results and artefacts from this years dig on display

Sunday afternoon, September 10th, Heritage Open Day, 1 to 5pm

Tudor Buildings & Craftsmanship with displays, Tudor-style costumes & music. See the Heritage Open Days website

Sunday afternoon,Sept. 24th, 1 to 5pm, Bedfordshire Crafts

with displays, stalls and demonstrations by local craftsmen and women

Tea & cakes, with organ recitals at 3 pm, are available at nearby St. Lawrence Church on Sundays July 30th, August 27th and September 24th


New this year:

Friday evenings, August 25th, September 8th and 22nd, from 7 pm Exclusive Evening Tours of the Tudor buildings, for small groups, with a welcoming glass of prosecco and nibbles,

book with Sue , on 01767 260579 or email


The buildings are also open at other dates and times, by arrangement

‘phone Phil O’Donoghue 01480 301494 or Judy Endersby 01234 838278

see the website

or email


Some advertised attractions may be subject to alteration or cancellation.

Willington Dovecote and Stables, Church End, Willington, MK44 3PX.